History of Jazz
Jazz is the most colorful and varied art form in the world and it was born in one of the most colorful and varied cities, New Orleans. From the seed first planted by slave dances held in Congo Square and nurtured by early ensembles led by Buddy Belden and Joe "King" Oliver, jazz began its long winding odyssey across America and around the world, giving flower to a thousand...more
It's well written and a joy to read; it balances biography, a little music theory/jargon, social history, etc. I found it really absorbing. However, I also listened to music most of the way through in order to giv ...more
I don't like jazz. I have never liked jazz.
The professor jived on and on (during the few lectures I attended) about house parties and eating pig feet with keg beer in the "good old days" of jazz in New Orleans.
This book is a great bore to read. Hipsters who age pathetically after the age of 30 may think that this bizarre celebration of an American style of music is a boast for the coolness ...more
This was an excellent overview of the topic, one of the best (probably the best, unless I'm blanking on something) I've encountered. Gioia does a great job of balancing the various strains of history -- aesthetic, social/cultural, economic, biographical –- required to fully grasp the topic, resulting in a history that is far more complete than the "great man" surveys that so often pass as jazz histories (looking at you, Ken Burns). That being said, it does tend to devolve into a series of bios n ...more
Really, my only complaint about this book is the author's overuse of the phrase " ...more
I'm currently reading the part on free jazz, and he does a great job of explaining the cultural and philosophical background and how that helps explain the music.
Bellissimi, ben scritto, interessante, la storia del Jazz dagli inizi attraverso le vite dei suoi musicisti piú importanti.